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Dozens evacuated due to gas leak in Bethesda

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Dozens of people were evacuated early Sunday after a gas leak in Bethesda, according to Montgomery County fire.

The gas leak happened around 2:35 a.m. in an apartment building and other homes in the 6800 block of Fairfax Street. Fire officials say the leak occurred after a hit and run driver sheared off a commercial gas meter in the alley next to the apartment building and that led to hazardous gas conditions in several structures.

Residents were evacuated to a Safeway located at 5000 Bradley Boulevard. Fire officials said residents started going back into their homes around 5:40 a.m. and no injuries were reported.

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FOUND: 83-year-old Bethesda woman

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Silver Alert has been canceled for a missing 83-year-old from Bethesda.

Montgomery County police say Ellen Mackey has been found safe and unharmed. 

Police thank the public for their help. 

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Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

4 teens arrested for 'pack style' robbery in Chevy Chase

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Four teens were arrested and warrants have been issued for two suspects in connection with a robbery at a Bloomingdale's in Chevy Chase on July 3rd, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

Police say the teens will be charged as adults.

At approximately 4:57 p.m. on July 3rd, police say officers responded to a Bloomingdale's located on Western Avenue for the report of a robbery. Police say two males and four females entered the store, concealed merchandise, and attempted to leave without paying. The suspects pepper sprayed and assaulted the loss prevention officers when they tried to detain the suspects for the thefts, police said.

Germaine Johnson, 17, was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and theft $1,000 to under $10,000, police said.

MISSING: 21-year-old Bethesda man


BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police need your help locating a missing 21-year-old man from Bethesda.

Eli Michael Sandler of Bethesda, Md. was last seen Thursday when police say he left Shady Grove Hospital against medical advice. Police say Sandler does not have prescribed medication with him.

He is described by police as a white male, 5'6" tall, 185 pounds, with blue eyes and blonde hair.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Eli Michael Sandler is asked to immediately call the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000. 

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Former Navy SEAL killed in Bethesda bicycle accident

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A former Navy SEAL lost his life while riding his bicycle in Bethesda Friday.   

The crash that killed Timothy Aloysius Holden, 64, of Bethesda remains under investigation, say Montgomery County police officials. They say that Holden was pedaling east in the shoulder area of the 6000 block of Massachusetts Avenue at approximately 6:15 a.m. Friday when a Chevrolet Malibu struck Holden. The cyclist was wearing his helmet when he was hit. Holden died at the scene.

He was a retired Navy Captain and Navy SEAL who survived the Persian Gulf War.  He leaves behind a wife, five daughters and three grandchildren. 

Police search for suspect in Bethesda Macy's robbery

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are continuing to investigate a robbery at a Bethesda Macy's involving suspects who pepper sprayed authorities last month.

The 'pack' style robbery happened on July 23 at the Macy's located at 7125 Democracy Boulevard, according to Montgomery County police.

Police released additional photos of a male suspect and are asking the public to help identify him.

The investigation shows that two suspects tried to leave the store without paying for merchandise. The loss prevention officers were pepper sprayed by the suspects at they tried to stop the suspects from leaving.